CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nominations for the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year contest for the Carolinas are now open. Nominations must be received by March 30.

Winners in various categories will be announced on June 14 in Charlotte.

The entrepreneur contest is now in its 21st year. Awards are given to entrepreneurs for excellence and success in innovation, financial performance and personal commitment. Self-nominations are encouraged.

To be eligible, nominees must own or manage a private or public company and be primarily responsible for performance of that firm. Nominees also must be active members of top management.

For more information, contact Amanda Dudley, program manager, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Carolinas’ Awards, at (704) 331-1925 or